Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
Transcription JOSCELYN22I
"And why would you talk to him just now, and what would you
say? That's the very thing that he would dislike most of all. He
does not wish to be talked to, and to speak to him of this affair would
be the greatest mistake which you could make, either of you. No!
Let him talk to you about it, if he will. He will owe it to you,
Angey, at least to do so. He will feel the necessity of making some
explanation; and, till he does so, you will take my advice and say
not a word on the subject. From what he has said to me, I can see
that his worst wound is in his soul, not in his body. He has evidently
got the worst of it in this affair, whatever it may have been, and he
feels all its humiliations."
"Humiliations!" cried Angelica, starting up ; "you don't mean to
insinuate that my Walter has suffered any humiliations at the hands

of your JThe ancient devil of vanity was again in arms. The speech of
Angelica sent all the woman blood of Grace into her cheek.
At that moment, to the surprise of all parties, Walter Dunbar si-
lently entered the room.
"Had he heard anything?" was the question of each of the ladies
to herself.
His dress had been changed. The bloody proofs of his late strug-
gle had been cast off, and his ablutions in cold water had lessened
somewhat the further evidence of violence, which was still sufficiently
apparent in the face; but his step was free and firm his person was
erect there was no sign of wound or maim about him; and, after no
little effort, he had been able so to compose his features as to appear
with a half smile, laboring, struggling, and hardly grateful to the
spectator, faintly showing itself in mouth and eye. He had made a
great effort at ease, if not nonchalance, in the brief time which had
been allowed him to dress.
His entrance silenced all the speakers. But every countenance
expressed a natural curiosity, saving that of Grace. She was about to
leave the room.
"Stay, Grace ! " said Walter. "Stay, and hear what I have to say.
You all naturally need some explanation of the spectacle which I
have exhibited to you all to-day. It is very mortifying to me to say
what I have to say, but it must be done. Once said, I trust, for my
sake, that it will be no more a subject of remark among us. You